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Lack of political will and the subordination of women are major barriers to tackling AIDS
Date:2/21/2008

as the 1950s including an English sailor who died in 1959 and a Norwegian family who died in the mid 1970s.

  • A declaration signed by 5,000 scientists against criminal theories that AIDS is not caused by HIV. The scientists feel that these theories have prevented effective action and are tantamount to genocide as millions of people have been misled and infected.

Bad governance has plagued many people in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia during the course of the AIDS epidemic says Professor Kallings.

This has meant that measures to prevent HIV transmission and to care for the infected and affected are often not implemented, even if resources are made available. Lack of political will, bad management and lack of infrastructure in many countries are causing an implementation crisis.

There are, however, some positive developments to report, stresses Professor Kallings. In spite of all the difficulties, there are good examples which show how the number of new cases can be reduced, especially among young women he says.

We have all the knowledge we need to prevent the virus being spread further and to treat those already infected. Due to the nature of the virus, and how it is transmitted, we will not get rid of HIV and AIDS in the foreseeable future, but hopefully we can reduce it to controllable levels.

In the meantime, we have to learn to live with AIDS and scientists and non-governmental organisations need to play a key role in raising awareness and pushing for change he says, pointing out that it took 30 years to alert the world to the dangers of global warming and the same now needs to be done with HIV and AIDS.

The world cannot afford to wait another 30 years to wake up to the ongoing AIDS catastrophe he stresses. Twenty-five years have already passed.

Professor Kallings has stressed that the views expressed in Journal of Internal Medicine are as an independent scientist and
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